“The public loves to create a hero....Sometimes I think they do it for the sheer joy of knocking him down from the highest peak": First Edition of Grace Metalious' Peyton Place
Item Number: 57043
New York: Julian Messner, Inc, 1956.
First edition of this landmark in twentieth-century American popular culture, which spawned a successful feature film and a long-running television series—the first prime-time soap opera. Octavo, original boards. Light rubbing, near fine in a fine dust jacket. A superior example, not common in this condition.
Metalious' Peyton Place describes how three women are forced to come to terms with their identity, both as women and as sexual beings, in a small, conservative, gossipy New England town, with recurring themes of hypocrisy, social inequities and class privilege in a tale that includes incest, abortion, adultery, lust and murder. It sold 60 000 copies within the first ten days of its release and remained on the New York Times best seller list for 59 weeks. The novel spawned a franchise that would run through four decades. Twentieth Century-Fox adapted it as a major motion picture in 1957, and Metalious wrote a follow-up novel that was published in 1959, called Return to Peyton Place, which was also filmed in 1961 using the same title. The original 1956 novel was adapted again in 1964, in what became a wildly successful prime time television series for 20th Century Fox Television that ran until 1969, and the term "Peyton Place" an allusion to any small town or group that holds scandalous secrets entered into the American lexicon. An NBC daytime soap opera, titled Return to Peyton Place, ran from 1972 to 1974, and the franchise was rounded out with two made-for-television movies, which aired in 1977 and 1985.
Other Books by this Author
“Only God knows how much I love you”: First American Edition of the Love In The Time Of Cholera; Signed and dated by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988.
First American edition of Garcia Marquez’s work, which ranks as one of the great novels of the last half of the twentieth century. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed and dated in 1990 by Gabriel Garcia Marquez on the dedication page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Carol Devine Carson and Chip Kidd. Translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman.
London: Secker and Warburg, 1962.
First British edition of the author’s first novel. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Gunter Grass on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear. A very nice example of this highspot of post-World War II literature.
First Edition. Octavo. Near fine in illustrated wrappers as issued. Signed by the author. Uncommon signed.